So The American began the week (and its history) 0-1.
UConn’s deflating loss to Towson kicked off the weekend, which didn’t help support the theory that Mike Aresco has been pushing: The American, as a group, belongs in the highest division of college football.
Only time will tell.
Here’s what Week One told us:
*Aside from UConn, seven other FBS schools lost to FCS teams (South Florida, which was dismantled by McNeese State, 63-21, was one of them). That shouldn’t make the Huskies feel any better, though. It still doesn’t change Thursday’s dreadful all-around effort.
*I know Louisville beat up on Ohio, but the Cardinals have a real shot at going undefeated. There’s a chance they won’t play a top 25 all season. Question is, will that be enough to get them in the title game?
*…Unless Cincinnati is ranked when the Bearcats and Cardinals meet in the regular season finale. Cincy, in its first game under Tommy Tuberville, was as impressive as UConn/USF were inept. The Bearcats trounced Purdue, 42-7, and picked up a few votes in the polls. Apparently, Tuberville hasn’t yet decided on a starting quarterback: Munchie Legaux played three quarters in the opener and incumbent Brendon Kay was inserted in the fourth. Cincinnati has another B1G opponent this week in Illinois.
*If you’re already examining the future of the AAC, consider this: Tulsa, arriving in 2014, got stomped by Bowling Green, 34-7. Two other soon-to-be members — Tulane and East Carolina — comfortably defeated FCS opponents.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater jumped Ohio State’s Braxton Miller as the ridiculously early Heisman favorite. The new odds, according to sports book Bovada, place Bridgewater at 5/1. Miller dropped to 9/2 to 13/2.